One of the greatest tragedies of mankind occurs in some "blind" people who don’t even know that they are blind! As mysterious as this may seem, how can this be? Maybe it is because they are unfamiliar or uninformed and have erroneous perceptions about the reality of an unseen world. More likely, these individuals who do not recognize their blindness includes a profound abhorrence of any belief system that indorses the spiritual nature of humanity and the existence of a monotheistic God. Unless there is a willingness on their part to change their minds and reverse their distaste of spiritual matters, it is likely that they will remain in a state of spiritual blindness. However, there may be a cure for this type of blindness, but only when the prerequisite of awareness precedes the remedy.
Generally speaking, the human trait of awareness is truthful knowledge or perception of a situation or fact. Awareness can be further described as a realization, insight, or merely a familiarity with certain life matters. One of the things we are concerned with in this post is self-awareness, which means having the capacity for introspection and the ability to recognize the true state of spiritual healthiness that a person is in. Regarding concerns of health, many people only understand that humans’ over all well-being consists of physical, mental emotional health. Sometimes spiritual health is not included as part of well-being, which then becomes problematic.
Self-awareness is particularly important for those individuals who perceive they are less than healthy. Therein lies a problem. These people are those who sense a lack well-being, acceptance and approval. Moreover, it is not hard to understand that such deficiencies may indicate that certain human needs are not being met in their lives. Could it be they are unaware that a significant a part of of their well-being is missing?
If the need for well-being, acceptance and healthiness remain unmet, these people may feel deep sorrow or contrition for past wrongdoings. Because this last perceived mind set is bothering to their consciences, individually, each may willingly declare, “I really have a need to make some changes in my life”. It turns out that this admission of transgressions (repentance) is a necessary perquisite to what Christianity calls 'salvation'. Here is the solution to their problem.
The topic of human needs was discussed in my book 'Your Health in World of Conflict' and was presented as basic imperatives that required promoting, sustaining and improving states of healthiness. Some in the fields of philosophy and religion have suggested that one’s needs include certain intangibles, such as the meaning of life—its significance, origin, and purpose, as well as one's conceptions of divinity and the question of what happens after we die. We have to comprehend that these types of desires are subjective in nature and sometimes controversial. This view is especially validated by researchers in the arenas of social sciences and belief systems.
Then, along these same lines of thought, there is spiritual and godly awareness. In Christianity, this is the God given ability or power to see, perceive, and/ or understand spiritual things of God. Isn’t this insight the very thing we are attempting to discover as we journey from the seen realm to the unseen domain of God? Of course it is!
(We will deal more with spiritual awareness in upcoming posts.)
Next is Step One, Faith.